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    Grievance Procedures: 5 Common Mistakes Made by Employers

    One of the cornerstones of effective HR is being able to handle workplace complaints properly, in a way which minimizes liability and -hopefully- resolves the issue with as little drama as possible.  Whether the grievance comes from a single employee, a group, or from an employee union, it's vital to handle complaints with the right grievance procedures in a way which makes the situation better, rather than worse.

    Recent Rulings Stress the Importance of HR Case Management


    Toxic Employees – How To Spot Them & What Actions To Take

    Unfortunately, toxicity is everywhere – toxic chemicals in our food, toxic pollutants in the air and water, toxic bacteria that can invade our bodies and make us sick – but one place where toxicity exists that we don’t always manage is in the workplace!  Toxic employees can slowly but surely penetrate an office environment and the effects can spread, causing negative chain reactions on employees, which can even filter down to clients and customers if it’s not stopped in its tracks expeditiously.

    Why Should You Archive Historical Employee Documentation?

    Wrapping up 2018: How and Why you should Archive Historical Documentation and Data

    I Spy Employee Monitoring in the Workplace | LaborSoft

    We all know in America that Big Brother is watching, but did you know that Big Business might be too?  Keeping an eye and ear on your employees is something that bosses and managers have done since the dawn of business, long before it was easy.  In fact, new technologies are being born out of the fearful climate we live and conduct business in every day—whether it be due to concern over employee productivity (or lack thereof), to ensure data integrity, over the looming threat of
    litigation, or due to government investigations.  But, despite big headlines over firings due to behaviors in the workplace being displayed everywhere all the time, many employees remain ignorant that this is taking place—right under their noses.

    Mitigating The Risks Of Title IX Infractions On Campus

    It is important to be aware of the recent rollbacks that were made to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) gender-equity law by the country’s current administration, or specifically guidance of Title IX expectations and standards.  To refresh your memory, this amendment debuted in 1972 and prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding, and directs how colleges and universities respond to sexual misconduct claims

    What HR Should Know About Retaliation in the Workplace

    What You Should Know About Retaliation in the Workplace

    How to Manage and Document Difficult Employee Behavior

    Problem Employees Are Your Problem Too: How to Manage and Document Difficult Employee Behavior

    How HR Can Minimize FMLA Violation

    How to Minimize FMLA Violations
    As a corporate supervisor or manager or even a company owner, how you respond to employees’ requests for Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA) leave is significant.  You do not want to find yourself in the middle of an employment law violation by showing your displeasure or by infringing workplace leave policy.  This was a key topic of discussion at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) annual conference this past June.

    The Unique Challenges of Hospital and Healthcare HR

    Unique Challenges that Hospital and Healthcare HR Departments Face 

    HR professionals in hospitals and other healthcare organizations face precarious challenges that other industries don’t necessarily contend with.  Due to stringent regulations, hospital and healthcare HR departments must be cognizant of compliance and consumer satisfaction even more so than in other industries.  If job satisfaction is held high on HR’s priority list, then the other chief priority of providers—quality patient care—can take center stage.

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